Tattoo techniques have done nothing but evolve and adapt throughout the history of body art. The methods in which tattoos are now crafted have come a long way in terms of technique and skill. From apparatus to advances, tattoo techniques never cease to develop and progress to keep up with modern day body marking trends. However, tattoo techniques continue to go that extra step for more dramatic, bizarre and in your face outcomes.

There are many reasons that new tattoo techniques are snatched up by both artists and clients, whether it’s the latest tattoo fashion they want to sport or the technique is something that has never been done before, tattoo fads never have and never will stop.

For some clients, off the wall tattoo techniques are a symbol of their personality and identity, for others it just looks cool. As an artist, you have the control of crossing a very thin moral line; providing a client with a demure body modification is one thing, defacing their body is another. There are endless types of tattoo techniques in the world of body modification, so let’s explore three of the most popular tattoo techniques of our time and how they are carried out.

Skin Deep Scarification

Possibly the most extreme tattoo technique is that of scarification and is definitely a ‘don’t try at home’ technique. Painful, prolonged and a pain in the artist’s hand, this tattoo technique will suck the life out of a client’s time, money and skin. The scarification tattoo technique involves the removal of the top layer of a client’s skin in a way that leaves behind pictures or words as a permanent body modification. Tattoo techniques like cutting or branding are used on the skin to leave behind permanent scars. Alternatively, tattoo ink is rubbed into the open wounds during the process to create a coloured, permanent scar. This tattoo technique dates back years from tribal and ritual scarification right up to today’s tattoo trenders. As a sign of tribal inclusion or aboriginal acceptance, scarification has always had a purpose in individual groups, the tattoo idea hasn’t changed, but the tattoo technique has. Scarification is just another unique way of a client showing their personality and life story through their skin.

This tattoo technique has been prominent in the tattoo industry for years, but the methods in which they were carried out has evolved with the rest of the industry. The days of inhumane branding and abrasion are gone, instead the use standardised tattoo techniques and clean surgical tools are now used to carry out the skin removal process. Scarification can take on any design or form, just like a tattoo, yet it has its own individual and unique finish, which is why some clients choose this body modification over a regular tattoo.

Permanent Peeper Pigmentation

Another fad seen amongst tattoo artists is scleral tattoos, or eyeball tattoos to the rest of us. A much more clinical and risky tattoo technique that has a unique and bizarre outcome. Much like scarification, scleral tattooing has been practised for many years and the tattooing technique has evolved with the industry. Although some clients choose to opt for scleral tattoos for optical and cosmetic purposes, others choose to get a scleral tattoo purely for the look and fun of it. Even though the tattoo techniques for scleral tattoos have changed, there is still a lot of choice in terms of methods and inks for the tattoo process. Processes used to apply the ink differ from artist to artist and the same goes for ink itself.

Scleral tattoos do have their ups and downs just like any other tattoo or body modification. This tattoo technique is usually successful and has a minimal recovery process, however, there are still risks, chances of fading and in the worst cases blindness. Making sure that a client chooses an artist that is highly qualified and trained is extremely important, as a client should not have to gamble with their health. The reason behind why so many clients are choosing this tattoo technique isn’t exactly clear, but what artists do know is that every client is a blank canvas waiting to be illustrated in their own unique way and an eye tattoo may be their artistic choice.

Bamboo Body Art

Although older and traditional, this tattoo technique is still prominent today in Asian countries like Thailand and Japan and is favoured amongst travellers. A needle alternative is constructed from bamboo and sharpened at the end as an ink delivery alternative. Ink is applied to the newly sharpened point of the bamboo where it is then ‘punted’ by the artist into the client’s skin. This tattoo technique is less painful when the bamboo needle is as sharp as possible, this, in turn, makes it easier for the artist to drive the ink under the skin. This tattoo technique relies heavily on skill and experience on the artist’s end and often takes hundreds of hours to complete, but for most, it is well worth the wait.

This tattoo technique is common amongst travellers and adds to the experience of an exotic holiday. Although cultural and unusual, precautionary steps need to be taken just like any other tattoo. Cleanliness and hygiene is the most important aspect to look out for especially in foreign grounds if clients are wanting to avoid infection. As long as the tattoo shop that the client chooses for their bamboo body art is clean and the artist is experienced there should be no problems, and the only thing the client will be left with is some beautiful bamboo branding.

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